Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless

Our story so far: As we approached the painting phase of our church renovation, I’d settled on creamy beige for the trim and medium gray for the walls. All the trim. And all the walls. And then my paint chips met hard reality in the great room of the church. 

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As my friends and I chatted over the options in form of tiny chips in the natural afternoon light, I also realized every choice would look different in morning light. And under cloudy skies. And in artificial light (which I already learned from the Lighting Savant came in various shades of kelvin).

Did I really want to paint the whole house in the same colors? The trim in the sanctuary of the church was originally creamy beige. Did I really want that everywhere? Did I really want medium gray walls?

My resolve was dissolving.

My friends urged me to get some paint samples and paint big swatches of the colors on the trim and walls of the church and look at them at all times of day. They departed and an hour later, I was at the nearby Big Box store choosing paint samples in a half-dozen colors. And that evening, when all was quiet and Tyler had already gone to bed, I burned the last half hour of natural summer daylight painting those samples on trim and walls all around the great room.

Some of my artwork.

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Today’s headline is a quote from James Cash Penney, the founder of J.C. Penney stores.

Tomorrow: Vacillation leads to a breakthrough. Read about it here.

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